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The rain is ending but it's still cold and windy. I hate to cancel but sometimes you have to draw the line. There's an intermediate ride tomorrow from REI to Lookout. Maybe a bit much for beginners this early in the season, but perhaps some people want to give it a go and do a part of it?
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Again, sorry, but it's not fun when it's this nasty out. Or as we say in England, grotty.
Sorry guys :( Spring time in Colorado is not always easy to plan outdoor stuff, but before you know it it will be summer time!! I will defenitely see you guys tomorrow for REI to Lookout!
The forecast doesn't bode well for Saturday's ride either. If it's bad in the morning but it clears up/dries up in the afternoon I may try to ride then, so check with me if you want to join me.
I just hate putting on that snow plow on my bike! So, were canceling the Saturday foothills ride and have a Sunday recovery ride. Please find details on the ride schedule.
Let's maybe meet anyway and grab a bite somewhere?
Well, those of you who saw me at Saturday's ride noticed I was riding a (partially) loaded touring bike. With "the Death Train" just over three weeks away I figured it was time to try out the touring bike for real. And while there are a few adjustments that need to be made, I think it will suit me quite nicely for 7 weeks this summer.
Vic and I purchased one-way tickets to Vancouver today. We leave on Sunday May 16th for the 40+ hour bus ride to Canada. One night there and then we'll be on our way towards Mexico. Everything we need on our bikes.
I hope to keep this blog (somewhat) up to date as we make our way down the coast and then turn north towards Lake Tahoe. Our adventures will come nearly to a close July 10th at the Death Ride. Then we will "rest" on a 3-day 100 mile ride around the west side of Lake Tahoe to Reno where we will catch the Amtrak home.
7 weeks, 3,000+ miles. The Death Train.
Just as we have all experienced liquid courage, I think I had winter courage when I signed up in January for my first century ride. Yeah, it seemed like a good idea at the time...and July seemed so far away. So, fear has motivated me to ride more miles earlier than I have in past seasons. The training has been going well, except that the aches and pains have developed earlier than past seasons as well, and I hope to be in good shape come July.
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1st Yesterday, at about sunrise, I was on the Cherry Creek trail passing by the convention center. When I looked over at the Center I saw the coolest thing, from that vantage point you can see the buildings of Denver thru the upper windows. It was so cool to see all of the different angles and dimensions. I wanted to pass it along to those who may enjoy photography that some cool pictures could be captured there.
2nd. Just wanted to shout out to Maria, that it was great meeting you and riding with you today! I was glad to catch up with you and finish the ride together, just before the rain began to fall. Hope to see you out on some rides the future, we will tackle an advanced ride soon!
3rd Way to go! To all the new beginner riders, I heard you all did great! See you out there on the trail!
Hope everyone made it home to a warm shower and a hot beverage. Later Lword
Moving to Denver 6 years ago, my partner and I found ourselves in a new city with no friends. We wanted to meet some other gay people who enjoyed doing outdoor activities. We came across Out Spokin' at Gay Pride that summer and I decided to try riding with them. I had never ridden more then 20 miles at a time when I showed up for my first Out Sopkin' ride. I found the leaders and the other people on the ride to be very welcoming and motivating. The first ride I did with them was a 30 mile ride that included going up Dinosaur Ridge, probably the hardest climb I had ever done at that time. The entire ride I felt supported and motivated by the others. I was so proud of myself when I finished that ride. I started riding Lookout Mountain, every Wednesday night, although it beat my butt the first several times, as well as the beginner and intermediate rides on the weekend. By the next riding season I was riding Squaw Pass, Loveland Pass, and Vail Pass.
I especially remember one moment riding from Idaho Springs to the top of Loveland Pass. At the base of Loveland I was exhausted and spent. I didn't think I could make it the four miles up to the top of Loveland Pass. I started to freak out a little bit and had a bit of a meltdown. At one point Jeffrey looked at me and said, "Kim you can do this. Just shut up and ride!" I started laughing because it was true. I was just freaking myself out by talking about how hard it was going to be. The whole ride to the top, Jeffrey stayed right beside me encouraging me and I finally made it. It was the best feeling. The next year he and Jean encouraged me to try riding to the top of Mt. Evans, a 14,000 foot mountain! I did that too, and again, was amazed and so proud of myself for making it to the top.
All of the things you learn how to do with this group are amazing. However, I think the best feeling is the feeling I get when I participate in the charity rides like MS 150 and The Courage Classic. These are challenging and fun rides, but the best part is you are giving something of yourself to others while riding with friends. I believe that we are here to make this world a better place then how we found it, and one way of doing that is through these charity rides.
This is an amazing group, full of wonderful people, and Amy and I have made the best friends through this group. It is truly special. Come out and give us a try, you will love it. Hope to see you on a ride! Kim Eickhoff